Rocking Out with Japanese Punk Band Wienners

In the event you’ve watched Digimon Ghost Sport, you’ve got heard the excessive power, horror-rock opening theme “Faction” by Wienners. However whereas they’re comparatively new to anisong, Wienners have been delivering their distinctive model of punk rock and electronica fusion since 2009. Together with offering the ending theme for the brand new Ninjala anime, they’ve additionally just lately launched their newest full-length LP, TREASURE, so that they’re set to have a busy 12 months. ANN was in a position to ask the band about their distinctive influences, their strategy to creating themes for anime, and their historical past of rocking out.

Wienners has a really distinct sound for a rock group. How did the band go about creating such a mixture of punk, rock, and electronica parts? Did you may have some other musicians or bands that impressed your strategy?

TAMAYA2060% (Vo/Gt): Earlier than forming Wienners, I primarily listened to Japanese punk hardcore bands.
I used to be notably enamored with short-tune bands that performed hardcore however with pop parts, or that performed a wide range of music at excessive pace, incorporating funk, soul, and different approaches. On the similar time, I used to be additionally listening to techno-pop and electro-pop, which began to realize recognition in Japan within the early 2000s, and I used to be listening to Yasutaka Nakata‘s CAPSULE and Plus-Tech Squeeze Field concurrently with punk.

I used to be looking out document shops for a band or unit that mixed these two musical parts, however I could not discover something, so I made a decision to begin my very own band, and that is how Wienners started.

Wienners‘ music is “a mixture of electro parts with synthesizers and different genres of music put into the band’s sound like hip-hop sampling, and output with the methodology and depth of punk.” That is the axis of Wienners‘ music.
The core of Wienners‘ music has all the time been punk music, however just lately EDM, Dubstep, and hybrid world music corresponding to Gqom and Singeli, which have been gaining momentum within the membership music scene, are additionally sizzling music in my thoughts, so I’m now incorporating such miscellaneous issues into our band’s sound.

Lately Wienners songs have turn into the themes for TV anime (“Faction” in Digimon Ghost Sport and “Shinobi High Secret” for Ninjala), was there something completely different that went into recording these tracks in comparison with different songs?

TAMAYA2060%: TV anime has a whole worldview, so it is vitally enjoyable to consider how you can develop it in Wienners‘ songs with out destroying their worldview. The primary distinction between “Faction” and different songs is that the theme (the worldview of the anime) of the track, which isn’t the band’s predominant focus, had been already determined once we began composing, and we had to consider how you can strategy that theme. One of many key phrases in “Faction” was “horror,” and it was very thrilling to try to discover the proper stability between the vivid and catchy Wienners‘ fashion and the minor development all through the track.

“Shinobi High Secret” is utilized in an anime about ninjas however with a futuristic nuance that’s barely completely different from precise conventional ninjas, so I exaggerated the Japanese style to precise a extra thrilling, outsider view of Japan. Additionally, for the reason that theme of the track was ninja, I secretly included the identify of an anime character within the B melody to precise the stylish ninja’s method referred to as “ninjutsu.”

ASAMISAE] (Vo/Key/Sampler): Each songs are sung in very specific methods; “Faction” is sung with a way of bewitchment, and “Shinobi High Secret” is sung in many alternative methods all through the track in order that the viewers can really feel the variation within the singing fashion in comparison with the opposite songs.

∴560∵ (Ba/Cho): Wienners‘ songs are sometimes primarily based on our personal concepts of fictional tales and settings, and every track has a unique worldview. Nonetheless, this was the primary time we wrote a track primarily based on a worldview that we had not created by ourselves. We tried to precise what we may do as a result of we’re Wienners and what we will do as Wienners whereas staying near the anime tales, and in consequence, I feel we’ve created a brand new track that we couldn’t have created simply by ourselves.

KOZO (Dr): By way of the drumming, each songs had been allowed to indicate Wienners‘ distinctive taste as it’s, so there have been no main adjustments from the previous. Nonetheless, there have been components that we tailor-made to convey out the worldviews of those two songs, and there are specific tweaks made in order that individuals are in a position to get pleasure from them extra as theme songs for TV anime versus dwell performances.

In “Faction,” there are numerous rhythmic patterns from the start to the top to create an environment like straying into someplace. Within the second verse, I used a reference to the eerie but catchy ambiance created by an American band referred to as The Mars Volta. In “Shinobi High Secret,” I used taiko, the Japanese drum, as a theme in a number of locations: within the A-melody of the primary verse, I used a kick sample and tone, and within the second verse, “Ninpo da Ninpo da Ninpo da Nippon no Sappou,” I used the total drum set to create a taiko-like sound and musical rating. I might be glad in case you can image the scene along with the sound.

Are you interested by recording extra music for TV anime or movies?

∴560∵: In fact! I really like anime and I’m very honored to be concerned on this means. I might like to do extra sooner or later.

You lately launched TREASURE, your newest full-length album. How would you describe it in comparison with earlier albums?

TAMAYA2060%: To place it merely, it’s our BEST ALBUM ever.

The explanation why it’s the greatest ever is that we had plenty of enjoyable making the album, and we had been in a position to pack in all of our concepts with out diluting them, which made us really feel that it was a masterpiece. Till now, we had been considerably obsessive about the musical type of a “band” and each the nice and dangerous that got here with that, however this time we had been in a position to take away that limitation and provides correct kind to the concepts and humor that got here to us, which was an important change for us. Trying again, I feel that the “fusion of miscellaneous musicality and digital parts with a punk strategy” that I had envisioned after I fashioned Wienners has lastly taken form with this album, and I can see many extra potentialities for Wienners from this level on.


This 12 months you additionally launched a remix album, Wiemixes. What impressed revisiting and re-imagining a few of your previous tracks like that? What was your favourite remix model?

TAMAYA2060%: I wished to make a remix model of a Wienners track, however since there weren’t anybody else to do it, I had no alternative however to do it myself, haha. I just like the band sounds, and on the similar time, I wish to create new issues by collaging and mixing electro sounds and varied sorts of music like hip-hop samples. I wished to convey a variety of musicality and freedom as Wienners. To be sincere, Wiemixes deviates from the definition of “remix” and is extra like a “rearrangement,” however in that sense, I hope it embodies the concept “music is free and you are able to do no matter you need” with out being restricted by style or kind.

I particularly like “Koi no Bangla Beat Spice Curry ver.” and “ASTRO BOY Black Gap ver.” Because the title suggests, “Koi no Bangla Beat (Bangla Beat of Love)” was a track that mixed Indian “Bangla Beat (Bhangada Beat)” with the band’s sound, however the remixed model is solely a bhangada beat track. That is most likely the world’s first bhangada beat track in Japanese. “ASTRO BOY” was initially a principally instrumental track, however I prefer it as a result of it’s the “remix that deviates probably the most” by utilizing the chord progressions and sound supplies of the unique track and including a newly recorded rap to the monitor.

ASAMISAE: I like “ASTRO BOY Black Gap ver.” It was my first time rapping like this, and I had plenty of enjoyable developing with the lyrics and rapping for this remix.

∴560∵: All of the songs are nice, but when I needed to decide one, it will be “ANIMALS Future Nature ver.” The edited guitar phrasing and improvement of this model is excellent, and the sensation is ecstasy!

KOZO: I might say “FAR EAST DISCO Divinest African Ver” is my favourite. Some years in the past, I had Tamaya take heed to certainly one of my favourite songs, and after I heard “FAR EAST DISCO,” I believed it was my favourite track and instantly confirmed if we may remix it. I used to be very glad to listen to him say sure. This remix provides a extra euphoric feeling in comparison with the unique “FAR EAST DISCO.” If the unique model is our actual world, the remix model is the world within the sky. I really feel that we’re reaching the “FAR EAST DISCO” which may be someplace unknown to us. It’s thrilling to take heed to.

Your single “God Save The Music” is all in regards to the pleasure of music and pursuing it it doesn’t matter what. Along with your music, what sort of feelings do you hope to encourage in your followers?

TAMAYA2060%: Once I rethink the that means of “being alive” after the COVID-19 pandemic, I understand that biologically “being alive,” corresponding to having a heartbeat and respiration, shouldn’t be sufficient to really really feel that I’m alive. It’s only once we are moved to tears or moved by emotion that we will strongly really feel that we’re alive. That’s the reason, after I transcend the enjoyment, anger, sorrow, and happiness by Wienners‘ music and dwell performances, and after I see a view I’ve by no means seen earlier than, I really feel “Wow! I am so alive!” I might be glad if I may provide you with that feeling and pleasure in your day by day life, even when just a bit.

“God Save The Music” additionally had an animated music video by internet animator Speedoru (@Speedoru). How did he find yourself engaged on the video?

ASAMISAE: Speedoru had identified Wienners and had created an animation for the track “GO ANTI GO” earlier than we formally requested him to make a video. Once we had been discussing how you can make the music video for “GOD SAVE THE MUSIC,” we got here up with the concept of discovering somebody to create an animation, and we determined to ask Speedoru to attract it. His video has reached folks everywhere in the world, and all of us find it irresistible very a lot, so an excellent because of him.

Is there something you’d wish to say to abroad followers, or folks listening to your music for the primary time?

TAMAYA2060%: Within the excessive means, I contemplate ourselves an instrumental band. That being stated, we didn’t initially begin the band as a method of speaking a message, however quite for the music itself. We see melody and lyrics in parallel with guitar riffs and drum rhythms—nothing goes first. We create melodies and rhythms as a result of super emotional outbursts can’t be put into phrases. So even when phrases can’t be conveyed, I imagine that we will go collectively “past the enjoyment, anger, sorrow, and happiness,” as the reply to your earlier query. And once we meet you “there” let’s shout collectively “We’re so alive!”

ASAMISAE: Thanks for all of your assist! I’m very glad and inspired to see such a terrific response from folks abroad after I see the feedback on our music movies! It is not usually that I get an opportunity to go abroad, however when the time comes for me to carry out at your home, let’s have enjoyable collectively!

∴560∵: Good day! The Wienners are like a musical shock field, and though we expect we’ve a Japanese taste, we imagine our music will be loved everywhere in the world. In the event you like music with pleasure and humor, you need to undoubtedly try our music. I hope sooner or later it is possible for you to to see the songs performed dwell.

KOZO: Thanks for encountering Wienners in any kind; anime, YouTube, or music streaming companies.
Wienners‘ music picks up sounds scattered everywhere in the world, TAMAYA2060% mixes them collectively, and Wienners scatters them everywhere in the world once more. Whenever you take heed to it, you may be thrilled by the nostalgic, but one way or the other new sound. There are a lot of completely different songs in Wienners‘ music, so please attempt to discover your favourite. I hope it is possible for you to to come across one for you.

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